A TOTAL of 36,272 people are on the receiving end of the government's bus fare subsidy program.
Signed in 2011, the program allows people aged 60 years and above to pay half the fare while disabled persons are eligible for free bus fares.
And Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni said so far, there were 35,074 elderly and 1198 persons with disability who were benefiting from the bus fare subsidy.
She said Fiji had about 62,000 people above the age of 60 meaning that about 50 per cent of the elderly benefitted from the scheme.
"If we look at the census, in Fiji we have about 62,000 people who are 60 years and above in age," Dr Luveni said.
"Until now, we have only just over 50 per cent of that number who are benefiting from the bus fare scheme.
"There are about 36,272 beneficiaries of the bus fare subsidy and the majority of these are senior citizens."
She explained the Department of Social Welfare processed applications for the bus fare subsidy, adding that those wanting to apply had to provide them with a passport photo and a birth certificate, for which their ID card would then be processed.
"For the elderly, they carry a yellow ID card and for permanently disabled, they have a red ID card."
Dr Luveni said the bus fare reductions were even worked into the e-ticketing system.
"With the inclusion of electronic ticketing, they are given their e-ticketing cards free of charge from the Vodafone Fiji Limited.
"The conditions are still the same even when using e-ticketing card. Those 60 years and above pay half the bus fare while persons with disabilities can travel for free."